Scott Brooks has a long list of room for improvements for the Wizards, who are 1-5 with the Boston Celtics coming Wednesday. He didn't respond by running them breathless at Tuesday's practice. They spent more time watching the video.
"It's all correctible but we can't keep saying that and not having that transfer on the floor," Brooks said. "I've been on teams where we were 1-5. We had no hope. We were getting blown out. That's not the case here. Every game it's compeptive. We're in fourth quarters."
The tend to find a way, however, to always blow those leads which is a hallmark of a bad team. They confused coverages, destroyed their own spacing, didn't recognize personnel to force to them to their weaknesses, pounded the ball too much and took shots too late in the shot clock.
"It's urgency. We need to play with urgency," Brooks said when asked again if he was upset with his team's performances. "It's not fun being 1-5 but that's the place we are right now. We were getting into our offensive possessions later than we would like. That's something we have to keep working because we need those extra seconds at the back end of the shot clock so we're not throwing up tough shots. Then we have to have proper spacing. The game is easier when you have that."
After John Wall was ejected with 33.6 seconds left in the 114-106 loss to the Rockets, Brooks didn't talk to his player Monday night. As of Tuesday afternoon, that topic still hadn't been discussed. Wall has maintained that he didn't say anything to Marc Davis to warrant an ejection for his second technical foul as they wait to find out of the league office will add to or rescind the punishment.
"It happened," Brooks said. "We have to control our emotions. I don't know. That's one of those things that happens. Don't know if the outcome would change."
The Celtics won't have Al Horford (concussion) or Jae Crowder (ankle) because of ailments.